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      47 / 25

      Sully Says ( John L. Smith's Way)

      Last Friday, Razorback coaches and several former Hog stars signed a football at the Little Rock Razorback club's annual golf outing. One signature stuck out. {}For what it's worth, the Hogs new head coach could win a handwriting contest. Let's hope that football turns out to be a valuable piece of Hog memorabilia.

      This was an event that Coach Smith could have passed up. {}After spending three days at the SEC spring meetings, Coach could have played the "too busy' card, but that's not the {}"John L." way. {}He's always believed that football programs belong to the people, the fans. {}Coach Smith says you can't stay in your " Ivory Tower", you have to bring the program to the Razorback nation.

      Coach Smith will tell you that he's a lucky man. He's 63 and has the opportunity of a lifetime. A chance to win a SEC Championship. If he has it his way, he'll retire at the University of Arkansas.

      He's willing to do whatever it takes to make this work including tweet. {}Several Hog coaches are now tweeting for the first time. {}The top tweets so far. {}Coach Smith's first tweet " I didn't come to paint, I came to tweet", {}and Tim Horton telling his followers that he and his running backs played wiffle ball during a visit to the Horton house. {}When quizzed about the specifics of the game, all Tim would say is that fullback Kiero Small was the star. {}Steve Caldwell says the defensive ends don't play games when they come to the Caldwell house, they just eat. {}Caldwell says the most prolific eater is Trey Flowers. Caldwell says Flowers has the " wow" factor when it comes to downing food.

      You don't get much " coach " talk from John L. {} {}He's honest, sometimes to a fault. {}His assessment of the 2012 Hogs, " We're gonna be good on offense, but we don't have the depth we need defensively".

      Coach Smith doesn't golf. {}He says it's way too stressful. {}So what's on Coach Smith's wish list this summer ? " I may climb a mountain out west or ski a glacier", that's his idea of fun. Coach Caldwell ,who's been around a lot of coaches in his 34 years in the game, says {}John L. is as {} {} " good as gold." {}

      Bobby Allen and Tim Horton were quick to point out that Coach Smith is doing things "the Petrino way". There have been no major changes on the football side. {}In some ways, it's business as usual. It's just a different way of doing business. {} {}

      John L. Smith is approachable, friendly, and grateful. {} He's a guy Hog fans will love ........ if he wins.

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